Plans to introduce electronic monitoring for prisoners on furlough will come into effect within the next few months, Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis told Parliament Thursday.

A parliamentary committee, set up to study the use of GPS ankle bracelets for prisoners, is expected to announce its conclusions “very soon,” the minister said.

The measure -- which has been widely condemned by human rights groups but which is in force in many European countries -- was deemed necessary following several incidents of prisoners violating the terms of furlough.